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CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

The mental health profession has experienced an explosion of interest and growth

in recent decades that has impacted both secular and Christian graduate level training

programs with the challenge for developing admission criteria of prospective students

(Hill & McMinn, 2004; Peterson, 2003). This issue can be especially problematic for

Christian counselor education programs as individuals who embrace the Christian faith

may have a strong desire to help people but may not necessarily be satisfied or effective

in the counseling profession (Collins, 2007). Counselor education programs have

investigated various methods for identifying and selecting students who will experience

both success and satisfaction in the profession of counseling, but these methods have

been ineffective and have evoked criticism (Markert & Monke, 1990). This study

investigates the usefulness of an admission screening methodology that uses two well

validated personality instruments to predict various post-program outcome criteria of

success: licensure acquisition, occupation gratification and satisfaction, and perceived

efficacy.

Background of the Problem

Not all applicants to graduate counselor training programs are suited for the

counseling profession (Lumadue & Duffey, 1999). Counselor education programs are

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